Solar return year 2010 – eclipse conjunct natal Sun

Leo rising, solar eclipse conjunct Venus

The ascendant falls in the 8th house in Leo This is a year of complete transformation, the Ascendant falls in my natal house of transformation and other people’s money and things of true spiritual value. I started the year as an unemployed person, and nearly without a place to live. Through a fortunate stroke of luck, my employers laid me off unfairly, so I decided to take them to task, primarily to teach them not to treat people in that way, but as I got advice it turned out that I could get a fair sum of money from them. I got this money some months later.

A few things happened in this solar return – there was a north node solar eclipse on my natal Sun. When a solar eclipse conjuncts our natal Sun, this usually brings big changes to the areas ruled by the natal Sun, as well as the house the natal Sun falls in and any relating aspects to the Sun. My Sun is in the 2nd house, and rules the 8th. The 2nd house rules money, our valuables, self worth, while the 8th rules other people’s money, spouse’s money, inheritance and tax, sex, loans and transformation, Scorpionic issues. At the start of the year, I received a sum of money from ‘other’ people, (more on the effect of eclipses in the eclipse section). Another indicator of the money that shows in the Solar Return chart is Venus conjunct Sun, this is because transiting Venus was conjunct the Solar eclipse, therefore conjunct my natal Sun. Venus is also the traditional ruler of money, luxuries, as well as love, relationships and harmony. These also fall in the SR 6th house of day to day work, general chores, health and service.

Another 6th house relationship that manifested in my life at the start of the year was a complete new outlook on my own health and habits, I dropped all the unhealthy habits that I had, I stopped smoking and even stopped the one glass of wine per week that I used to have. I just felt like feeling healthy and fresh, and found the bad habits very easy to drop.

Sun conjunct Venus in my solar return can represent a romance. Sun is the traditional ruler of males; the man in a woman’s chart. Venus rules females and love. Another clue for romance is the Descendant in the SR chart falls on my natal Venus/Mercury – these rule my natal 5th and 7th houses, and the SR Sun/Venus is also quite close to the SR Descendant angle. I have had romance this year, one happening shortly after my birthday, nothing long lasting though.

The start of the year gave me a feeling of a complete new, fresh start in my life. The song, ‘Dog Days’ by Florence and the Machine was playing which was very appropriate for the energy that I have been feeling throughout this whole year. It felt like things could finally start to move in a positive direction for me, like the light at the end of a long tunnel. Mars in the SR chart was also in the first house, trine the Midheaven. This can suggest that I would be very action orientated and assertive. This action orientated behaviour is directed to my career, career goals, and how I present myself in public. The Leo rising also suggests a year in which I am ‘on show’ somehow, almost like being famous as Leo rules showmanship. It can also mean this year I will find it easier to express myself and my inner creativity. I was given a position of Moderator for an Astrology forum that I visit, which brought me more into the ‘limelight’ at the start of the year. Towards the end of the year, about September time, I started to really have solid ideas to start up my own business giving astrology and tarot readings online and face to face. Never before had I had as much drive as I got this year, especially towards the last third of the year. The fixed ascendant quality does suggest things starting off slow, but with all the other activity in the chart, things picked up greatly towards the end of the year.

The SR Mercury conjunct Pluto could show an intense thought process, or a theme of looking deep within, doing self analysis and depth analysis, deep thinking. This combines with the SR Ascendant falling in the natal 8th house of transformation and depth analysis. It has indeed been a year of focus on transformation and self analysis. A recognition of many things that may have been unconscious, emerging into awareness for understanding, change and healing. With my natal chart, spirituality and philosophy is a major part of my life, so my self analysis during this year has deeply involved yoga and meditation. I took my first 10 day silent meditation retreat in September, when the Sun was trine to the SR Sun. This has been a major part of my transformation.

An interesting occurrence is the swapping of the Midheaven and Nadir. Natal Nadir is conjunct the SR Midheaven. My natal 9th house Pluto conjuncting the SR Nadir could show the transformation of my core values. The 4th house rules the home, innermost self, our roots, where we come from literally and metaphorically, and our early home life. Pluto rules transformation by showing us to our subconscious, clearing away old debris that no longer serves us, to make way for new energy and healing. I also worked from home on my Midheaven projects, of creating my own business and working for myself. An inner transformation (Pluto conjunct SR Nadir) has enabled me to believe in myself enough to work solidly on my goals.

 

 

Lunar eclipse 26th June 2010 at 4 degrees of Capricorn

In the transit chart of the eclipse, the full Moon is square to Jupiter/Uranus in Aries. The chart for the time of the eclipse in London has 15 degree Virgo rising, which could show a focus on health matters, ecology, as well as communications. The Moon in the 4th house (the home, roots, our base, family), Sun in the 10th (house of work, career, public life, also governments and people in authority). The square is thrown to Jupiter/Uranus which reside in the 7th house of relationships, conflict, business partnerships. Pluto is also conjunct the Moon, with Mercury conjuncting the Sun. That is quite a T-square going on with Jupiter/Uranus being a reaction point.

The ruler of the eclipse is Saturn, as the Moon is in Capricorn. At the time of the eclipse, Saturn is in Virgo, about to oppose Uranus for the final time, while in a loose square with the eclipse, could show that this is a good time to make any needed changes in our lives, to break away from the old and venture into the new. The square from Saturn may indicate a need to give proper structure to this change.

The eclipse/Moon is forming a transiting sextile to my natal 10th house Uranus, with the eclipse Moon falling in my 1st house, the Sun in my 7th. As the nodes are currently transiting my 1st /7th house axis, there has been a strong focus on relationships for me, with several opportunities presenting themselves, maybe for the purpose of discovering more about myself through interactions with others. Full Moons can bring realisations to light, as the whole of the Moon is lit up by the light from the Sun. Things that were brewing beneath the surface, things that may have been on our minds can have a chance for resolution during the full Moon. And a lunar eclipse is a super powered full Moon, with the changes made being longer lasting and more potent.

A few days prior to this eclipse, I suddenly became aware of something that was previously hidden, within a romantic relationship I was involved in, which was a catalyst to us breaking up. I can see a flavour of the eclipse Moon square to its 7th house Uranus/Jupiter here. The full Moon bringing things to full awareness, along with a square to Uranus (suddenness, disruption, break up, enlightenment), and Jupiter (expansion).

The lunar square to the Jupiter/Uranus in Aries duo brings of own will, aggression and winning to the mix. It also adds a lot of active energy and impetus to get things done, or resolved, or even changed. Whatever happens, it is likely to quite fast. For me, I discovered that I wasn’t receiving the nurturing (Cancer) that I needed, and I felt that my environment wasn’t reflecting the level of commitment that I felt I needed in my life, or perhaps I was not committed enough to my own goals (Capricorn). Moon in Capricorn in my first house gave me the impetus to pursue and nurture my unconventional career ambitions. The Moon also formed a kite formation, sextile natal Uranus and progressed Sun/Lilith. This in fact activated a natal progression involving progressed Sun trine natal Uranus. This has been increasing my interest and ambition to understand more about astrology, and yoga (being an unconventional career ambition to teach), and gives sudden flashes of insight. I decided to act in my own interests (Aries) change (Uranus) the situation, in order to nurture myself more. The issues involved had indeed been brewing for a while and ignored, but the full Moon presented the issues in such a way that they had to be attended to, and resolved.

Solar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn 4th January 2011

This is a north node solar eclipse which brings in new energies for us to work with in the future. It can also prove challenging because these are new lessons that we are learning. The ruler of the eclipse is Saturn as the eclipse falls in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn is actually square to the eclipse from 16 degrees of Libra though in exhaltation. This looks like it will be a challenging eclipse bringing about hard work, themes of duty, discipline and responsibility. As Saturn is in the sign of Libra, the themes might relate to how we treat each other, Libran values of fairness and balance in our relationships. Perhaps we will be tested in how we are responsible in our relationships, how we need to work at and with each other, how strong our values are, what our duties are… Saturn lessons can be hard for those who like an easy life, but these lessons give long term results that are long lasting and solid.

This eclipse is conjunct the asteroid Eros the god of love, erotic love. Eros represents the erotic drive to experience the divine soul through erotic love and union with another and the transformational power that can result. This energy can also be channelled through romance and creativity but it can overwhelm us if we approach it unprepared and without wisdom. This will inevitably add a certain fuel to the eclipse and give us extra drive to tackle the work indicated by the Saturn square. Perhaps this can translate to our erotic drive feeling thwarted by disciplinarian and task master Saturn, or we have to set about our our work and duties in order to tap into our erotic drive and creative resources. We have to find a way to somehow combine work and responsibility with passion and soul transformation.

Juno the Goddess of marriage and contracts is forming an opposition to Jupiter and Uranus. Juno was actually Jupiter’s wife who was committed and faithful to him, but she was also very jealous of Jupiter’s many lovers. She would often make his lovers suffer when she discovered them. So asteroid Juno is often associate with marriage and contracts as well as cruelty and abuse. Jupiter with Uranus could be bringing expansion to our ideas of freedom, unconventionality and breaking out of the status quo. This opposition could bring a focus onto thoughts of commitment vs freedom, how are we balancing our commitments with our own needs for freedom and exploration? Mercury is forming a loose t-square to Jupiter and Juno, acting in his natural role as messenger of the Gods, negotiating between Juno and Jupiter/Uranus, maybe helping then to strike a deal? Black Moon Lilith is also opposing Juno, perhaps Juno has reason to be jealous.. Lilith rules the taboo, the hidden, the forbidden love therefore the mistress so there could be issues of commitment vs the taboo.

So far there is a theme of duty and responsibility vs freedom and expansion combined with erotic drives and taboo contacts. The eclipse is also conjunct the fixed star Ascella which is said to bring lasting happiness, good fortune, gifts and influential contacts. Perhaps this will be our reward for an understanding of the lessons of the eclipse.

There is a square from Venus to Neptune/Chiron. The eclipse is actually at the midpoint of that square. This is a sign of tension that involves the planet of illusions, dreams and sacrifice currently conjuncting the asteroid of wounding and healing which is in a conflicting square with the planet of love, relationship and values. It looks like this eclipse will also bring awareness to our values and the way we relate to each other, not just in our close relationships but also with others in general and show us where we may be deceiving ourselves and others. Self deception and deliberate deception can cause wounding to ourselves and the other people involved, maybe our value system doesn’t match actuality, maybe we are involved in clandestine affairs which this eclipse can shed some light on. With Neptune involved with a square to Venus this can also inspire great creativity as well. An essence of Chiron involved with this inspiration can add a sense of poignancy to it of pain and suffering as well as sacrifice in love with Chiron leading us to our true soul source – the pain of such experiences provides us with a golden pathway to self discovery, forgiveness and healing.

Venus has an escape route straight to Jupiter/Uranus by trine. Venus trine Jupiter is usually a very beneficial aspect, even more so it seems as Jupiter is in the sign of Venus’ exhaltation. Maybe love and the taboo will be sacrificed in the name of responsibility, stability and duty, perhaps we have to sacrifice unrealistic dreams and unhealthy relationships in order to create something more stable and lasting with the work based square to Saturn.

There is also an underworld theme to this eclipse with Persephone in trine to Pluto. As the myth goes, Persephone was torn from her mother by Hades, Lord of the Underworld, also known as Pluto, and abducted to the underworld to be his Queen of the Underworld. This shows the initiatory introduction to adulthood from innocence, from girlhood to womanhood, from innocence to wisdom. Persephone travels back to the Earth and the land of her mother at the start of spring and returns to her husband Hades at the start of autumn, so she is the Goddess of the Underworld and death as well as being the Goddess of rebirth and life. With this dynamic playing a strong part in the eclipse, innocence may be replace with a journey to our own underworld of the unconscious so we may be initiated into maturity and wisdom.

Points that are hit by the eclipse, at 13 degrees Capricorn, Cancer, Aries and Libra are likely to feel the effects personally, depending on where they fall in the chart and the aspects that are made from the eclipse to the natal planets.

Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto started to enter the sign of Capricorn in 2007, bringing in his path the intense energy of transformation to effect our current structures surrounding Capricorn ruled areas. Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio, as well as being known as Hades, the Lord of the Underworld. The energy of Pluto is transformation, power, sex, the unconscious, death and rebirth. Capricorn areas includes governmental structures, banking systems, money, power structures, businesses both large and small. Looking at the money and power side of this transit brings me to consider the current actions of the latest government installed here in the UK. Not only have we had a change of government style, this new government has been a catalyst for the most drastic changes that we’ve seen across the country in decades. We have been warned for weeks about severe spending cuts about to be enforced, known as Britain’s “Age of Austerity”, which are being put in place this week of mid October 2010 . This includes massive spending cuts to various public services across the UK. 

Another taste of Pluto’s energy, while he slowly sweeps through Capricorn, is the huge number of redundancies that are happening everyday in the hundreds, and sometimes, thousands. Small and large businesses are feeling the pressure and cutting their costs. Pluto is now approaching conjunction to the north node, perhaps this is showing the start of a major part of the transformation. The North Node brings things to us for us to work on in the future, even into future lives. The very next full Moon is loosely trine to Pluto, bringing her full light onto the transformation process and so our full awareness to the outcomes, which we are seeing now in the press.  

Since July 2009, the nodes of the Moon have entered the Cancer/Capricorn axis, bringing our attention to the home, security and emotional needs vs work, business, structure and status. All the while, Pluto has been slipping into the sign of Capricorn where he will reside until 2024. The subsequent eclipses across the Cancer/Capricorn axis during this time have marked lots of change, beginnings and endings in these areas for us all.  

It all appears rather dire at first glance, with news stories that feed us daily with apparent bad news, redundancies here, public sector cuts there. This is just the first glance though, the surface appearance which we know can be misleading to what is going on beneath the surface. Pluto as Hades is the ruler of things unseen, issues in our unconscious minds that we choose not to face. Pluto transforms us, and so heals us, by asking us to face our fears, to look at our dark side and the issues we would rather not face so that we can become stronger and more whole. This can happen as an internal process, or through an external event or person. Either way, when Pluto comes calling, we have no choice but to acquiesce. With Pluto in Capricorn, we are being put through what seems like a very tough time in regards to money, business, security, status and power. Perhaps Pluto is asking us to transform our ideas regarding these areas? Perhaps we are being asked to consider a different perspective about money/power and it’s actual worth? The darkest night is before the dawn, and we are being put through a very dark night as far as these areas are concerned. Maybe this process, hard as it may be, is the only way we can learn how to transform our ideas and current concepts into ones that are necessary for our evolution, through an inevitable change.

My solar return year – January 2010

Leo rising, solar eclipse conjunct Venus

The ascendant falls in the 8th house in Leo This is a year of complete transformation, the Ascendant falls in my natal house of transformation and other people’s money and things of true spiritual value. I started the year as an unemployed person, and nearly without a place to live. Through a fortunate stroke of luck, my employers laid me off unfairly, so I decided to take them to task, primarily to teach them not to treat people in that way, but as I got advice it turned out that I could get a fair sum of money from them. I got this money some months later.

A few things happened in this solar return – there was a north node solar eclipse on my natal Sun. When a solar eclipse conjuncts our natal Sun, this usually brings big changes to the areas ruled by the natal Sun, as well as the house the natal Sun falls in and any relating aspects to the Sun. My Sun is in the 2nd house, and rules the 8th. The 2nd house rules money, our valuables, self worth, while the 8th rules other people’s money, spouse’s money, inheritance and tax, sex, loans and transformation, Scorpionic issues. At the start of the year, I received a sum of money from ‘other’ people, (more on the effect of eclipses in the eclipse section). Another indicator of the money that shows in the Solar Return chart is Venus conjunct Sun, this is because transiting Venus was conjunct the Solar eclipse, therefore conjunct my natal Sun. Venus is also the traditional ruler of money, luxuries, as well as love, relationships and harmony. These also fall in the SR 6th house of day to day work, general chores, health and service.

Another 6th house relationship that manifested in my life at the start of the year was a complete new outlook on my own health and habits, I dropped all the unhealthy habits that I had, I stopped smoking and even stopped the one glass of wine per week that I used to have. I just felt like feeling healthy and fresh, and found the bad habits very easy to drop.

Sun conjunct Venus in my solar return can represent a romance. Sun is the traditional ruler of males; the man in a woman’s chart. Venus rules females and love. Another clue for romance is the Descendant in the SR chart falls on my natal Venus/Mercury – these rule my natal 5th and 7th houses, and the SR Sun/Venus is also quite close to the SR Descendant angle. I have had romance this year, one happening shortly after my birthday, nothing long lasting though.

The start of the year gave me a feeling of a complete new, fresh start in my life. The song, ‘Dog Days’ by Florence and the Machine was playing which was very appropriate for the energy that I have been feeling throughout this whole year.  It felt like things could finally start to move in a positive direction for me, like the light at the end of a long tunnel. Mars in the SR chart was also in the first house, trine the Midheaven. This can suggest that I would be very action orientated and assertive. This action orientated behaviour is directed to my career, career goals, and how I present myself in public. The Leo rising also suggests a year in which I am ‘on show’ somehow, almost like being famous as Leo rules showmanship. It can also mean this year I will find it easier to express myself and my inner creativity. I was given a position of Moderator for an Astrology forum that I visit, which brought me more into the ‘limelight’ at the start of the year.  Towards the end of the year, about September time, I started to really have solid ideas to start up my own business giving astrology and tarot readings online and face to face. Never before had I had as much drive as I got this year, especially towards the last third of the year. The fixed ascendant quality does suggest things starting off slow, but with all the other activity in the chart, things picked up greatly towards the end of the year.

The SR Mercury conjunct Pluto could show an intense thought process, or a theme of looking deep within, doing self analysis and depth analysis, deep thinking. This combines with the SR Ascendant falling in the natal 8th house of transformation and depth analysis. It has indeed been a year of focus on transformation and self analysis. A recognition of many things that may have been unconscious, emerging into awareness for  understanding, change and healing. With my natal chart, spirituality and philosophy is a major part of my life, so my self analysis during this year has deeply involved yoga and meditation. I took my first 10 day silent meditation retreat in September, when the Sun was trine to the SR Sun. This has been a major part of my transformation.

An interesting occurrence is the swapping of the Midheaven and Nadir. Natal Nadir is conjunct the SR Midheaven. My natal 9th house Pluto conjuncting the SR Nadir could show the transformation of my core values. The 4th house rules the home, innermost self, our roots, where we come from literally and metaphorically, and our early home life. Pluto rules transformation by showing us to our subconscious, clearing away old debris that no longer serves us, to make way for new energy and healing. I also worked from home on my Midheaven projects, of creating my own business and working for myself.  An inner transformation (Pluto conjunct SR Nadir) has enabled me to believe in myself enough to work solidly on my goals.

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